Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Oh, Wow... Space

Earlier today I had the privilege of watching the space shuttle Discovery launch into space.
The sheer power of the rockets creating vast billowing clouds of smoke was magnificent.

For the first time ever, there was a camera on the main booster looking up at the belly of the shuttle. A wonderful result of the position was that you could see the Earth shrinking in the background. There was greenery, then a cityscape, then blueness with some curvature, then diminishing curvature separating blue-white and deep black.

It was beautiful.

I just found out there are about 2,500,000 parts. I truly cannot picture that.

Events such as these make me feel humbled at the ability of humanity to acquire knowledge and co-operate on amazing adventures. The utilization of various material and intellectual resources to leave this Earthly plain is inspirational and exemplifies my notions of transcendence.


Blogger That which is called Darren said...

Hi there,
Just so you know, I purposely used the word 'plain' and not 'plane' because (a) the Earth is not flat but is spherical and (b) the launch pad is "An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land."
As that 'plain' is on Earth, the adjective form is appropriate.

Additionally, I thought it would be interesting so see how many people thought it was a typo.


10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aw yeah, science and a giant phallus: giggity giggity!

7:44 AM  

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